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August 19, 2011 / windlessly

Small Luxuries

For the past like 6 months, the passenger side door on one of our family cars always used to get stuck halfway through being opened. The plastic below was dented and so every time you got in, you had to only open the door half way and try to squeeze in, or tug the door until the plastic sort of snapped past the dent, which was a real pain. Well, the dent just got fixed today, and now every time I open the passenger side door I’m pleasantly surprised at how smooth it opens. It’s funny, I never would have thought that having a working door on a car could be considered a luxury, but after 6 months of the dent it’s awesome to go for a ride and not have to deal with the hassle of the door. 

I guess it’s like a lot of other things, you get used to a minor annoyance in your life, but when it gets fixed or removed it comes as a gift rather than a “repair.” That’s what the fixed door feels like now to us. Small things like this that we never notice until it gets broken or in our way. A sticky door, a handle that doesn’t turn, the light bulb that always flickers, the key on the keyboard that isn’t sensitive enough, pop-up ads on your computer, a chair that wobbles… it makes you realize that we actually have a lot of small “luxuries” that we have in our daily life. 

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